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Transcript of Fahrenheit 451
Images from Shutterstock.com About Fahrenheit 451 About Fahrenheit 451 - Continued Guy Montag manages to obtain a large number of books into his house, and hides them. Montag’s wife finds out about the books, and reports him to the station. After having to go to his house to burn the books, Montag becomes continually upset and burns Captain Beatty, the captain of their squad. ““Go ahead now, you second-hand litterateur, pull the trigger.” He took one step toward Montag. Montag only said, “We never burned right…” “Hand it over, Guy, said Beatty with a fixed smile. And then he was a shrieking blaze, a jumping, sprawling gibbering manikin, no longer human or known, all writhing flame on the lawn as Montag shot one continuous pulse of liquid fire on him… Beatty flopped over and over, and at last twisted in on himself like a charred wax doll and lay silent.” (Bradbury, 119)
After this event, Guy tries to escape from his town since he is being hunted down, and meets people who are to be called the Book People. These Book People, who destine themselves to memorize books, take Montag in as he too, will memorize books as well.
As the Book People stand away from the city, the city which Montag has escaped from falls, being turned into dust by bombs. The city which they once had all knew became nothing but dust, However, there will be survivors, and the book people along with Montag, believe that they have a chance. “We’re going to meet a lot of lonely people in the next week and the next month and the next year… We’ll remember so much that we’ll build the biggest goddamn steam shovel in history and dig the biggest grave of all time and shove war in and cover it up.” (Bradbury, 164) The chance which Montag and the book people are given is rare, but by the end of the novel, they are given a chance to start fresh and rebuild the city. The science fiction book “Fahrenheit 451” written by Ray Bradbury has some minor reasons in being inappropriate for students. In a few pages swear words are used. These contents are not suitable for young readers, which bother parents. For example:
“Expurgated at the Venado Middle School in Irvine, CA in 1992. Students received copies of the book with scores of words – mostly “hells” and “damns” – blacked out. After receiving complaints from parents and being contacted by reporters, school officials said the censored copies would no longer be used.” (“Censorship of Fahrenheit 451”)
Inappropriate words may corrupt minds of those who could read it, especially minors. It might be interpreted as normal which causes them to be accustomed to it. Montag, upon explaining books, says “They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes! I don’t hear those idiot bastards in your patrol talking about it.” (Bradbury 74).
This book also offends some Christians because one of the books that gets burned is the Bible. When Beatty found the last Bible that Montag owned, he burned it page by page, while speaking to him. “Who's more important? Me or that Bible?... light the first page, light the second. Each becomes a black butterfly.” (Bradbury, 76) In fact, it is mentioned as “Challenged in 2006 at the Conroe, Tex., Independent School District because of the following: “discussion of being drunk, smoking cigarettes, violence, ‘dirty talk,’ references to the Bible, and using God’s name in vain.” The novel went against the complainants’ “religious beliefs.” (“Censorship of Fahrenheit 451”) Why Was Fahrenheit 451 Banned? Banned Book Report:
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Melanie Jaramillo and Gabriella Manuli Books may be banned for specific reasons. The common are “inappropriate” sexual content, or “offensive” language.
situations unsuitable for particular age groups, violence, homosexuality, religious views, nudity, racism, sex, drugs, anti-family, and negative views of the government.
Before a book could be banned it first has to be challenged. A challenged book is an attempt to eliminate or restrict materials.
The American Library Association defines a challenged book as "an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group."
However, many people reject to the injustice and numerous of challenged books are unsuccessful and they are kept in the school and public libraries. Once a challenged book is successful it becomes banned, usually confirmed by the government. What are banned books? Guy Montag, a fireman, lives in a dystopian (an alternate society which is not necessarily good) society. This society, when described as alternate, is definitely not a pleasant society in the least. The city, armed with fireproof houses and firemen, would seem useless. However, the real main purpose of the firemen is not to put out fire, but to set fires instead. These fires, much like the firemen, do have a purpose, if not a horrific one. Books, by the dozens, were to be the subject of the burning. “he flicked the igniter and the house jumped up in a gorging fire that burned the evening sky red and yellow and black. He strode in a swarm of fireflies. He wanted above all, like the old joke, to shove a marshmallow on a stick in the furnace, while the flapping pigeon-winged books died on the porch and lawn of the house. While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning.” (Bradbury 3-4) People within this society are not even allowed to read books, which leaves their lives with much less meaning. That is, the life of Guy is left with much less meaning until he meets a young girl named Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse enjoys talking to people, nature itself, and pondering the meaning of things. “Good night!” She started up her walk. Then she seemed to remember something and came back to look at him with wonder and curiosity. “Are you happy?” she said. “Am I what?” he cried. But she was gone—running in the moonlight.” (Bradbury 10) After this encounter with Clarisse, Guy begins to question, and begins to encounter things which he has not necessarily come across before. Should Fahrenheit 451
Really be Banned? After much debate, this book should not be banned. Everyone should be given freedon of speech, even authors.
Small town parents by challenging this book, only cause more harm. In reality, Fahrenheit 451 is a helpful book.
Ray Bradbury takes note of the government and how others should use their free speech for the good of themselves and for others, as is a constitutional right. “Bradbury sends a very direct message showing readers what can happen if they allow the government to take total control of what they do (or do not) read, watch, and discuss. For example, the government in Fahrenheit 451 has taken control and demanded that books be given the harshest measure of censorship — systematic destruction by burning.” (The Issue of Censorship and Fahrenheit 451)
If Fahrenheit 451 itself talks about the banning and burning of books, then it really is ironic that the novel should be banned in the first place.
Truthfully, the issues discussed in Fahrenheit 451 should be widespread among others, in order to spread knowledge to others for their own safety when concerning government and government rule.
The novel which Bradbury wrote is of utmost importance for all to know, and therefore, should not be banned. Works Cited "About Banned & Challenged Books." American Library Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Feb. 2013. <http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/aboutbannedbooks>.
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